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Alton Kelley

Grateful Dead at Gizeh, Egypt 9/14-16/78 by Alton Kelley

 

AAlton Kelley was raised in Connecticut, where his father worked for Chance Vought, building the Corsair—a navy fighter plane. As a kid, Kelley always drew pictures, but his passion was cars—pin striping, and the hot-rod world. He went to art school at the Philadelphia Museum and College of Art with an interest in industrial design. Then in 1959, Kelley hitchhiked to San Francisco to see the North Beach Beat Scene, the poets, the Co-existence Bagel Shop, and City Lights Bookshop. He traveled south to Los Angeles, then to Mexico. After returning to art school at the Art Students League in New York City for a brief time, Kelley went to work as a helicopter mechanic for Sikorsky Aircraft for two years, got laid off, then worked at a motorcycle shop. About that job Kelley said in an interview:

 “I came I worked there and I hated it. And I said. ‘Well, I'm gonna go back to California.’ . . . And that's how I met everybody on Pine Street. Bill Ham was my landlord . . . Mike Ferguson was living there, and Ellen Harmon and Luria Castell . . . And then these folks came down from Virginia City. They got the Charlatans to go up there, so we all went up there and worked on the Red Dog Saloon . . . spent the summer in Virginia City . . . Then, when we came back from Virginia City, we figured, . . . because we knew the bands were all playing together, the Charlatans and the Great Society and the Jefferson Airplane and Warlocks . . . so we figured we'd just start throwing some dances . . .”

 Alton Kelley, Jack Towle, Ellen Harmon, and Luria Castell became the first four people in the Family Dog Collective. Kelley thought up the name “because we had a building . . . everybody in the building had dogs and the original family dog was a Rhodesian ridgeback named "Animal" . . . so it just sort of came natural, so it was the "Family Dog."

 Ralph Gleason, music critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, recalled when Family Dog members Castell, Harmon, and Kelley came to see him in 1965, "San Francisco can be the new Liverpool," Castell told Gleason. Then permits were secured for October 16 at Longshoreman's Hall. Bands were enlisted, handbills were drawn by Kelley and printed by Joe Buchwald, Marty Balin’s father. When Gleason arrived at the hall he observed that everyone appeared to be going to a costume party. He described men dressed as characters out of the Old West, longhaired girls in longer dresses. There were “riverboat gamblers” and “mining camp desperados,” black leather, and brown buckskin. Inside, the scene was even more colorful. The crowd, Gleason reported, danced wildly all night as the bands played. The light show pulsated to the beat of the music. “It was orgiastic and spontaneous and completely free-form,” Gleason wrote.

 Although he had designed the flyers advertising the original Family Dog shows, Kelley lacked drafting ability. When he met Stanley Mouse there was an instant connection.  The two formed Mouse Studios and Kelley's drawing skills improved so that he would be working left-handed on one side of the easel with Mouse on the other. “He had the most impeccable taste of anybody I knew,” said Mouse. “He would do the layouts, and I would do the drawing.” They worked together steadily for 15 years and on and off thereafter. Their Mouse Studios was located in a converted Lower Haight district firehouse where Janis Joplin first rehearsed with Big Brother & The Holding Company. They also opened a store called Pacific Ocean Trading Company (POT Co.).

 

Posters and Handbills by Alton Kelley

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Jefferson Airplane at Longshoreman's Hall 10/16/65 by Alton Kelley

10/16/1965

AOR-2.8

Longshoreman's Hall 10/16/65
No current products  
Charlatans at Sokol Hall 3/4/66 by Alton Kelley

3/4/1966

MSC-SKL.1966.03.04

Sokol Hall 3/4/66
No current products  
Jefferson Airplane at Winterland 5/30/66 by Rick Griffin & 
Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

5/30/1966

AOR-2.206

Winterland 5/30/66
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

6/24/1966

FD-14

Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66
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Sir Douglas Quintet at Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/8/1966

FD-16

Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66

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Love at Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/15/1966

FD-17A

Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66

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Jefferson Airplane at Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/22/1966

FD-17

Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/28/1966

FD-18

Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66

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13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/2/1966

FD-24

Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/5/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/6/1966

FD-20

Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/12/1966

FD-21

Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/19/1966

FD-22

Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66

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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band at Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/26/1966

FD-23

Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/9/1966

FD-25

Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/16/1966

FD-26

Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66
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Howlin' Wolf at Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/23/1966

FD-27

Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66

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13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/30/1966

FD-28

Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66

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Jim Kweskin Jug Band at Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/7/1966

FD-29

Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66

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Grateful Dead at Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater, Marin County 10/8/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

10/8/1966

AOR-2.325

Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater, Marin County 10/8/66
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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/15/1966

FD-30

Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66

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Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/21/1966

FD-31

Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/3/1966

FD-33

Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66

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Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore Auditorium 11/6/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

11/6/1966

AOR-2.81

Fillmore Auditorium 11/6/66

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Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/18/1966

FD-35

Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66

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Youngbloods at Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

12/16/1966

FD-39

Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66

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Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/30/1966

FD-41

Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66

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Grateful Dead at Grateful Dead Fan Club 1967 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

11/30/1966

AOR-2.192

Grateful Dead Fan Club 1967

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Moby Grape at Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/13/1967

FD-43

Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67

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Grateful Dead at Golden Gate Park 1/14/67 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley & 
Michael Bowen - Photographer

1/14/1967

AOR-2.217

Golden Gate Park 1/14/67

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/27/1967

FD-45

Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67

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Sparrow at Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel 2/10/67 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

2/10/1967

AOR-2.261

Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel 2/10/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Bob Seidemann

2/17/1967

FD-48

Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67

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10th Biennial Wilderness Conference at Hilton Hotel, San Francisco 4/7-9/67 by Stanley Mouse  & 
Alton Kelley

4/7/1967

AOR-2.365

Hilton Hotel, San Francisco 4/7-9/67
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Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore Auditorium 5/12/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

5/12/1967

AOR-2.71

Fillmore Auditorium 5/12/67

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Joint Show at Moore Gallery 7/67 by Alton Kelley

7/7/1967

AOR-2.350

Moore Gallery 7/67

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Joint Show at Moore Gallery 7/67 by Rick Griffin & Stanley Mouse & Wes Wilson & Alton Kelley & Victor Moscoso

7/31/1967

AOR-2.351A

Moore Gallery 7/67

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Miller Blues Band at Avalon Ballroom 9/1-3/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Adolph Weinman

9/1/1967

FD-78

Avalon Ballroom 9/1-3/67

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Vanilla Fudge at Avalon Ballroom 9/29-10/1/67 by Alton Kelley

9/29/1967

FD-85

Avalon Ballroom 9/29-10/1/67

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Van Morrison at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/13-14/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/13/1967

FDD-6

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/13-14/67

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Canned Heat at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/20-21/67 by Alton Kelley

10/20/1967

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1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/20-21/67

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Allmen Joy at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/27-28/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/27/1967

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1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/27-28/67

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Grateful Dead at Winterland 10/31/67 by Rick Griffin & 
Alton Kelley & 
Stanley Mouse

10/31/1967

AOR-2.183

Winterland 10/31/67

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Jefferson Airplane at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/7-8/67 by Alton Kelley

11/7/1967

FDD-9

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/7-8/67

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Other Half at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/10-11/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/10/1967

FDD-11

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/10-11/67

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 12/15-17/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/15/1967

FD-96

Avalon Ballroom 12/15-17/67

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Soul Survivors at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 12/15-16/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/15/1967

FDD-15

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 12/15-16/67

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Buffalo Springfield at Fillmore Auditorium 12/21-23/67 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

12/21/1967

BG-98

Fillmore Auditorium 12/21-23/67

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Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 1/26-28/68 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

1/26/1968

FD-103

Avalon Ballroom 1/26-28/68

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Love at Avalon Ballroom 3/8-10/68 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

3/8/1968

FD-109

Avalon Ballroom 3/8-10/68

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